Keep­ing our chil­dren safe on the roads

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‘‘Teach chil­dren to use a safe route to school, and to be aware of dan­gers when walk­ing, cy­cling or scooter­ing. ’’ Safekids Aotearoa

Safekids Aotearoa wants to keep our chil­dren safe when they head back to school.

Thou­sands of stu­dents are march­ing back to school soon. Safekids Aotearoa has valu­able safety tips to keep chil­dren safe. For chil­dren They’re safer in a booster seat till they’re 148cm tall. Pri­mary school chil­dren seated in booster seats in the back seat of the car are 59% less likely to be in­jured in a crash than chil­dren us­ing a seat belt alone.

No hel­met, no brain. Wear­ing safety hel­mets when cy­cling, scooter­ing or skate­board­ing to school is a must. For cy­clists, aside from be­ing a law, wear­ing a hel­met re­duces the risk of se­vere brain in­jury by 74 per cent.

De­vices down heads up when cross­ing the road. Avoid dig­i­tal dis­trac­tion—teach chil­dren to re­move their ear­phones when cross­ing the road, and to stop walk­ing if they need to use their phone.

Watch out for sneaky drive­ways. If you can’t see the drive­way from the foot­path, re­mem­ber to stop and look to make sure there are no cars ex­it­ing the drive­way.

Have a school travel plan. Teach chil­dren to use a safe route to school, and to be aware of dan­gers when walk­ing, cy­cling or scooter­ing. Closely su­per­vise new en­trants when walk­ing to school for the first time. For driv­ers Dou­ble check in­ter­sec­tions and cross­ings. A child might dart across the street when you least ex­pect it. They are also pretty hard to see in be­tween parked cars. Stop­ping at in­ter­sec­tions and slow­ing down in high pedes­trian traf­fic ar­eas will give you time to check if your path is clear of chil­dren.

Slow down at school zones. 30-40kph vari­able speed limit zones will be op­er­a­tional again dur­ing school com­mute hours, and driv­ers are re­quired to slow down when the lights are on or the signs are up. And even when they are off, be ex­tra vig­i­lant—an evening event or a week­end game might be on, so you still need to watch out for kids.

Pass­ing school buses: Ei­ther way it’s 20kph. If a school bus has stopped the law re­quires you to slow down and drive at 20km/h or less un­til you are past it no mat­ter which di­rec­tion you are driv­ing.

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Safekids Aotearoa wants to keep our chil­dren safe when they head back to school.

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